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Jazz Arts Group opens 2014-15 Swingin' with the CJO season with "A Night at the Movies" ft. Carly Thomas Smith - Oct. 23-26
(Published: September 26, 2014)

Columbus, OH - The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) kicks off the 2014-15 Swingin' with the CJO season with "A Night at the Movies" (October 23-26 at the Southern Theatre) featuring actress and Broadway sensation Carly Thomas Smith (RENT, Jersey Boys, Smokey Joe's Cafe) in her capitol city debut with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

The classic hits of Hollywood come to life through the magic of the CJO in a spectacular evening of music from the silver screen! Under the direction of world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, this marquee show will feature some of the greatest film composers and scores of all time including Goldfinger, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, The Pink Panther, and a special tribute to John Williams (Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET).

Audience members can join Byron Stripling for a casual and engaging conversation with Carly Thomas Smith and the wonderful guest artists of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in a new workshop series at the Jazz Academy. "Offstage at the Jazz Academy" provides participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the artist perspective on performing with the CJO - adding new perspective to being an audience member. In addition to the opportunity to learn something new, each guest artist will be asked to share what they are currently listening to on their iPods or CD players, introducing audiences to new and exciting music and artists. "Offstage at the Jazz Academy" is free to CJO subscribers and $10 for general registrants. Pre-registration is requested and available at www.jazzartsgroup.org.

2014-15 "Offstage at the Jazz Academy" season schedule:

• Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm - Carly Thomas Smith
• Saturday, February 7, 2:00 pm - Dee Daniels
• Saturday, March 14, 2:00 pm - Gerald Clayton (hosted by John Clayton)
• Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm - Dave Powers & Becca Stevens

Under the direction of Mark Donavan, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) is proud to perform prior to each Swingin' with the CJO matinee concert. Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO provides opportunities for talented high school age musicians to further their experience in America's classical music - jazz. Admission to the CYJO performance at 2 PM is included with each 3 PM Sunday matinee ticket purchase.

Swingin' with the CJO season subscriptions are available through the CAPA Ticket Office at 39 East State Street or by calling 614-469-0939. Single tickets are also on sale for $52 (main floor), $46 (first balcony), and $30 (second balcony) and available through the CAPA Ticket Office and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Student tickets are available for $15 (over 18) and $10 (under 18) with valid ID at the door. For more information call 614-294-5200 or visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.

The 2014-15 Swingin' with the CJO season is made possible by ongoing support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, The Reinberger Foundation, Ann & Tom Hoaglin, and The Westin Columbus. Media support is provided by The Columbus Dispatch, WOSU Public Media, and WMNI AM 920.

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

About Carly Thomas Smith:

Carly Thomas Smith began singing professionally as a teenager in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to New York to attend Sarah Lawrence College on a music scholarship. While there, she fronted a jazz quintet and performed with many bands in such prestigious venues as Birdland, The Rainbow Room, and The Plaza Hotel.

Relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting in television and film, she also kept herself in the music scene as a singer. Some artists Ms. Thomas Smith has worked with include Taylor Swift, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, The Temptation's Ali "Ollie" Woodson, Queen's Brian May, Don Felder and Joe Walsh of The Eagles, American Idol's Tamyra Gray and Constantine Maroulis, Ellis Hall, and blues band JD and the Slingshot.

Carly has made multiple appearances on television including episodes of Revenge, Two and a Half Men, Friends, and Desperate Housewives. Film appearances include A Detective Story (2008), Young Americans (2013), and the Imagen Award-nominated After School (2014). Recently she starred in an episode for the upcoming season of the critically-acclaimed web series Front Seat Chronicles.

Her theatrical experiences are nothing short of impressive. Auditioning straight out of college, Carly landed a role on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT. She was handpicked by Queen guitarist Brian May and producer Robert De Niro to star as "Oz" in the original North American cast of We Will Rock You in Las Vegas. Returning to the "Broadway of the West," Carly appeared in the Vegas production of Jersey Boys. Last fall, she starred as "Pattie" in Smokey Joe's Café at the iconic Pasadena Playhouse praised by critics and the show's legendary composer Mike Stoller (of Leiber & Stoller).

As a concert artist, Ms. Thomas Smith had the honor of performing to sold-out audiences across Australia, including the landmark Sydney Opera House, as a soloist with Epic Queen: A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular.

Carly currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

More Information: https://www.jazzartsgroup.org

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